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4.05 | 503 ratings

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5 stars Just by looking at the tracklist,you can see what they were aiming at - Classic YES They saw witch direction they were heading with mr. "lonely heart" T. Rabin, and they wanted to play something they like to play, and with who they like to play it. So pick up the phone and call mr. Rick Wakeman,and play oldies but goldies...:) The mixing is kinda weird. It's totally different from song to song,but it's very much bareable and satisfying.

They opened up like in the good old times with the "khatru".they pulled it off nicely,and the crowd goes wild...

They suprised me with "Revealing science",my favorite song from "tales". Usually they prefer playing "Ritual"...IMO,this was a better way to go...and they nailed it!!! oh yeaaah!!!

"America", a simon and garfunkel song,was also a suprise on this set.but anyway the band enjoyed playing it,and that's what's most important.the result is impressive.You can really see Anderson happy and full of energy while singing this one.

A smart move was playing not so popular "onward",a beautiful love song from "Tormato". Howe plays acoustic guitar on this one and he's showing us all of his talent.Beautiful!

It's hard to play live the greatest,most perfect song ever - "AWAKEN" . But these guys created it in the first place(this is the original line-up from the "Going for the one") However,this is not the best live version of the piece.In my opinion "Live at Montreux 2003" is the best live version of "Awaken"

Since they released "Fragile", "Roundabout" was a standard on every concert...This one is not an exception...Howe plays acoustic in the intro and the first verse. NICE!!! there is lot of energy in this version,and the band gets carried away by the crazed audience!!! Sigh.. I wish I was there....oh well.........

They finshed the concert with "Starship trooper" - masterfully done! Howe breaks off in one point and starts to play "The Clap" for a second,but he quickly comes back.The wurm is excellent . the moog/guitar battle between wakeman and howe is a genius way to finish the song,to finish the concert,--and to finish my review :) Untill next time!

P.S. I will not bother to waste time reviewing the studio tracks from the CD...Leave me in the 1970's PLEASE!!!!

Frier_John | 5/5 |


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